Documents List

  • Working with adults good practice

    This guidance is provided for all staff and volunteers to enable them to have an understanding of the behaviours and standards expected in relation to work with adults and the provision of activities in our churches.

    Revised August 2017 Read more

  • Safer recruitment guidance

    This policy and guidance sets out safer recruitment practices for people working or volunteering with children and adults. The guidance addresses two key areas – the recruitment process and criminal record checks (DBS). The guidance outlines who should undertake a criminal record check in accordance with their role with the Church of England and provides helpful templates for use within parishes and dioceses. Read more

  • Safeguarding records practice guidance

    This joint practice guidance is intended to support the work of Safeguarding Advisers and those working with children and adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect, where record keeping is required. It complements both churches’ approach to record keeping and addresses those special issues that relate to safeguarding. Read more

  • Records retention tool kit

    This tool kit intends to give guidelines to those in the Church of England for the
    retention of safeguarding records in response to the Independent Inquiry into Child
    Sexual Abuse. Read more

  • Risk assessment guidance

    Practical guidance designed for Diocesan and National Safeguarding Advisers, who are
    expected to lead the process with their Bishops and senior staff in response to serious
    situations. It is designed to inform and assist them in decisions and processes about
    assessment of risk which may be posed to children and adults by officers and members of
    worshipping communities. I Read more

  • Responding well to those who have been sexually abused

    A Policy and Good Practice document which provides guidance to the Church respond as
    positively and constructively as possible to anyone who has suffered abuse.
    Read more

  • Protecting all God's children

    The purpose of this policy document is to identify and outline the issues and principles of safeguarding children for the Church of England. Read more

  • Promoting a safer church

    The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults

    The care and protection of children, young people1 and vulnerable adults2 involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all. Read more

  • Safeguarding in bell towers

    A document outlining the expectations and responsibilities towards children participating in bell ringing activities. Read more

  • CofE Policy - Responding well to Domestic Abuse

    Church of England policy on responding to domestic abuse. Read more

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